T.C. Williams 42 Hoggard 37 (boys)
Trailing by as many as 18 early in the second quarter, T.C. Williams of northern Virginia rallied after the break to grab a 42-37 victory over Hoggard on Wednesday in the 22nd annual Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament.
The Titans cut the deficit to 12 at the half and tied the game 29-all headed into the fourth quarter. A dish from Robert Wilkerson to A.J. Frye and two free throws by Jack Bagley put Hoggard in front by four with six minutes to go in regulation, but T.C. Williams answered with a 9-0 run to pick up the win.
Teyan Williams started the push with two points in the paint, while Tavaris James recorded back-to-back steals and layups to go up 35-33 at the 3:30 mark of the final stanza. Fammi Mamo finished the spurt with a basket and one to go up five.
Hoggard scored the first 12 points of the game and led 14-3 after the opening eight minutes. Jack Bagley sank two treys during the stretch and A.J. Frye put in consecutive buckets to grab an early 4-0 lead. T.C. Williams was ice cold from the perimeter until Jaden Thrash knocked down his team’s first field goal, a three-pointer from the corner with less than 60 seconds to play in the first period.
An assist from Xavier Johnson to Frye and offensive put back by Frye gave the Vikings its largest lead of the game at 21-3 before the Titans used a 7-2 spurt to close the gap.
Mamo hit three treys during the third quarter and James knocked down one shot from behind the arc as T.C. Williams outscored Hoggard 17-5 over the eight minute stretch to level the score 29-all, with eight minutes to play. Mamo finished with a team-high 12 points.
Frye led all scorers with 13 points for the Vikings, who fell to 9-4 overall. They return to Mideastern Conference play at home against West Brunswick on January 5. T.C. Williams, celebrating the school’s 50th anniversary this year, heads home to Alexandria, Virginia with two straight results against Wilmington opponents.
Laney 45 Ashley 44
Points were hard to come by at times for the two Wilmington foes early Wednesday afternoon, but the opening game on day three of the Brogden tourney came down to the wire as Laney used a late push to edge Ashley 45-44 on Wednesday afternoon.
The Bucs trailed for most of the way until Trevon Greene came off the bench to score four quick points to give Laney its first lead since the five minute mark of the first quarter. Following a pair of free throws by Josh Smiley to tie the game 39-all, back-to-back buckets by the blue and gold with under 90 seconds to play secured the win.
Despite a 28-12 advantage on the glass, Ashley committed seven turnovers over the final eight minutes of regulation to allow the Bucs room to rally. Marquan Miller had a team-high 12 points and Chris Bennett chipped in with 11. Laney shot 29 percent from the field, but hit 12 of 16 free throw attempts.
Ryan Keller led all scorers with 14 points on 7 of 11 shooting for the Screaming Eagles, with nine rebounds and five blocks. Ashley went just 11 of 27 from the charity stripe, but Bryston Davis sank his second trey of the game in the final minute to close the deficit to one before the final buzzer. Josh Smiley added 12 points for Ashley and Davis put in 10 as three Screaming Eagles finished in double figures.
Ashley held its largest lead of the game at 23-16 late in the first half, but the Bucs battled back to even score 30-all headed into the final frame.
There were nine lead changes and seven ties in the ballgame as Laney improved to 7-5 overall. Ashley fell 7-6 on the year. The two crosstown rivals meet twice more during the regular season, with conference games on January 12 and February 5.
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